Chino,CALIFORNIA — Less than two weeks after Kyler Murray became the first person in history to be drafted in the first round of both the NFL and MLB, America is bracing for the emergence of another dual-code superstar hoping to one day take the country by storm. DJ Uiagalelei is a football weapon colleges have been clamouring to get their hands on for years. Scholarship offers flooded in — at least 30, according to a Sports Illustrated feature — and they were landing in his letterbox before the quarterback had thrown a single pass in high school. He even received at least one offer while he was still in grade six. And it's no surprise why. At 1.93m tall and nearly 110kg, Uiagalelei is an absolute physical specimen. Built like an offensive lineman but with the skills and smarts — and importantly, the rocket arm — to dominate as a play-caller, he enjoyed a stellar high school career for St John Bosco, throwing for more than 6000 yards and 77 touchdowns with … [Read more...] about Meet DJ Uiagalelei, American sports’ next superstar
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Colluding with Russia? The special counsel says no. Cheating at golf? Well, that’s something else. From pulling a fast one on Tiger Woods to exaggerating his handicap, Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course are the subject of a new book by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.” Reilly documents dozens of examples of underhanded golf behaviour by the president, transgressions talked about by pro golfers and duffers alike. “In golf, he’s definitely not exonerated,” Reilly told The Associated Press. One infamous instance came in a 2017 round with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, who is the No. 1 player in the world. The president’s playing partner, Fox Sports golf analyst Brad Faxon, reported that Trump’s offences included putting down a score that didn’t account for two balls he hit into the water on one hole. “You’ve heard so much about … [Read more...] about Why you don’t want to play golf with Trump
In a tiny corner of North Kerry, for three days at least, Gaelic football will become the second most important sport in the world.In normal circumstances such a claim would be sacrilegious in Ballydonoghue given the local club has produced county senior stars like Mike Finucane, Gus Cremin, Eddie Dowling, Jer D O’Connor, Johnny Bunyan, Liam O’Flaherty and in more recent times, Jason Foley.But this week is anything but normal in and around Lisselton Cross, the epicentre of the parish, which sits halfway between the towns of Listowel and Ballybunion. The reason for such a sporting conversion is an incredible as it is exciting with 10 local dogs qualified for the National Coursing Meeting in Clonmel which runs from tomorrow until Tuesday (Unfortunately Hollyhill Miley was ruled on on Thursday).The figure equates to over 5% of the qualifiers for the Derby and Oaks.This 2019 level of success, condensed into one season, in unparalleled in such a small community, even one with … [Read more...] about ‘Coursing is a sport that gives hope and it also breeds resilience’
In August 1936, as Derbyshire drove on towards what is still the only County Cricket Championship title in the club’s history, a key member of their team had one eye on the forthcoming football season. Remarkably, while still a regular first-class cricketer, Harry Storer had managed Coventry City to promotion from the Third Division South. As he helped Derbyshire close in on the cricket crown, Storer also had to prepare his football team for their first season back in the Second Division. It was a duel task for which he was well prepared. Harry Storer had not only played both games professionally himself, but he also came from a remarkable Derbyshire sporting family that could number England caps at both soccer and cricket among its achievements. Although born in Liverpool, Harry Storer had the sturdiest Derbyshire pedigree imaginable. His father, Harry senior, was a Ripley man who played football for Derby Midland and cricket for the county. His uncle, William, played for … [Read more...] about The sporting Storer family were truly men for all seasons
BILLIE JEAN KING, the champions women's tennis player in the 1960s and 70s, is featured in a film charting when she played male player Bobby Briggs. Not only did the 12-time Grand Slam winner rise to Briggs' contention the women's game was inferior, she handsomely beat him - and has now been awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Acheivement. The "Battle of the Sexes" was a huge televised spectacle in 1973, and now a film of the same name starring Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs. Here, SunSport gives you the lowdown about female sporting icon King, and the man vs woman clash that had all the world talking... Who is Billie Jean King? Billie Jean King was born on November 22 1943 in Long Beach, California, where she learnt to play tennis at an early age in the baking sun on public courts. An aggressive, hard-hitting net-specialist with excellent speed around the court, the right-hander quickly became world number won and one of the best players in the … [Read more...] about Who is Billie Jean King? Women’s tennis legend, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award winner?